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January 15, 2011 Published in Non-Profits

“Living Legends” Exhibit Opens At NOVA

Nina Tisara and a few Living Legends of Alexandria portraits. (Photo: James Cullum)

Alexandria's Living Legends are scattered across the city, but until February 2, their portraits can be viewed at the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. On Thursday night, the Tyler Gallery held the opening reception. The evening was held in honor of 2009 Living Legend Eula Miller, who recently passed away after a long illness.

Melvin Miller and his daughter, Ericka. The evening was held in the honor of Miller's wife Eula, who died recently of a long illness, (Photo: James Cullum)

Now beginning its fourth year, ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ is an ongoing, not-for-profit photo documentary project to identify, honor and chronicle those individuals whose vision and dedication have made a tangible difference to the quality of life in Alexandria. This year's Living Legends are Mollie Abraham, Lynnwood Campbell, William Clayton, H. Stewart Dunn, Timothy S. Elliott, John Liss, Peter Lunt, Don Mela, Fran and Gant Redmon, Carlyle C. (Connie) Ring, Jack Taylor and Joseph Viar.

Roy Priest, executive director of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, at the Living Legends gallery. (Photo: James Cullum)

Artist-photographer Nina Tisara created Living Legends in response to requests for photographs of Alexandrians who were no longer living. When the pictures were not available in the Tisara archives, she devised a system for having them available in the future. Tisara, who studied photography at NOVA, now serves as project director for ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’.

Major financial sponsors of ‘Living Legends of Alexandria’ in 2010 were the Rotary Club of Alexandria, Dominion Virginia Power, and McEnearney Associates. Media sponsors were Local Kicks, and the Alexandria Gazette Packet.

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